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Macrolepiota procera - annulus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Macrolepiota procera (Grote parasolzwam (BE) / Parasol mushroom (EN) / Parasol (DE) / Lépiote élevée (FR)) is a fungus in the Agaricaceae family. For more info on the species - see yesterdays image. In this image you can see the fleshy, movable "annulus" (ring) around the stipe. The annulus represents the remaining part of the partial veil, after it has ruptured to expose the gills (when the cap opens). The snakeskin-like pattern on the stipe, a distinctive feature for this species, can be seen underneath the annulus here but is most clear at the lower parts of the spike.

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 01/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

Superbe ce tutu ! ;-)

20 Oct 2010 7:00am

@Julie: Would be nice to see this mushroom dancing :-) Enjoy your day, Julie !

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Now that´s some naughty peek under the petticoat! And I always thought you were the last decent man walking the earth... ;D
Lovely and well composed indiscretion I´d say!

20 Oct 2010 10:02pm

@daniela scharnowski: I always learned: "It is ok to look around as long as you don't touch..." ... and I swear ... :-DDDD
Thanks for the naughty comment, Daniela. Have a nice day (night)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Amazing detail on this, Johan. Again, I like where you placed the focus.

21 Oct 2010 1:00am

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie. The focal plane is always essential - the eye in animals is obvious, but in plants and mushrooms it is a bit more difficult. I'm always searching for the most effective shot ... Glad you like this one.

Mithun from palakkad, kerela/Bangalore, India

Nice dof and colors, good one

21 Oct 2010 1:48am

@Mithun: Thanks for your visit and comment, Mithun.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Nice detail of this fungus!

21 Oct 2010 8:25am

@Marilla: Thanks Marilla. Sometimes the details are more inspiring for a photographer but the whole specimen :-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

What an unusual but creative view. A mushroom out of a mushroom [or so it appears]. The stem really does look like a tree trunk.

21 Oct 2010 3:54pm

@Dutçh: Thanks Kristen ! I like it you call this view "creative" ... makes my day !

Marleen from Netherlands

Alsof het een frivool manchetje is...geweldige detailfoto!

21 Oct 2010 8:49pm

@Marleen: Het leuke aan deze ring is dat je hem losjes over de steel kan verschuiven als je wil ... Bedankt voor je commentaar alweer, Marleen ! Fijne dag nog.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtig detail, IK had Zelf de bovenkant weggehaald, waardoor niet gelijk zichtbaar was dat het om een paddestoel gaat.

23 Oct 2010 5:49pm

@Mascha: Mascha, leuk dat je mee nadenkt over mijn opnamen - het is altijd boeiend te horen hoe iemand anders dit onderwerp zou benaderen. Ik heb ook enkele opnamen gemaakt zonder de bovenzijde erbij zoals je hier aangeeft. Mijns inziens veramt het echter de compositie omdat je dan twee erg grote zijvakken krijgt waar weinig (niets) spannends te zien is. Ik koos voor deze opname omdat ik ze toch net wat spannender vond: door de hoed toch mee op te nemen krijg je toch een zeker spanningsveld in de "leegte" er onder en een beter idee van diepte. Misschien was het een optie geweest om nog een kleinere scherptediepte te gebruiken om het midden te houden?

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Really like the angle you have taken this. Thank you for the nice comments on my blog. :))

24 Oct 2010 7:05am

@Christine: Thanks, Christine. Making good images on mushrooms requires low-angle work :-) Be prepared to make your knees (at least) dirty :-))) ...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I should have also said, really appreciated your advice too :)

24 Oct 2010 7:06am

@Christine: You're very welcome, Christine.

Laurent from near Lyon, France

the textures are just great.

6 Nov 2010 4:51pm

@Laurent: Thank you very much. I always like to search for the "hidden" textures (most people just don't notice them when finding these species ...) Glad you like it, Laurent.

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm